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    Wildfire haze coats the sky in San Francisco in 2020. Photo by Patrick Perkins, Unsplash
    Unnatural disasters: A look at our “new normal” and the cost of inaction , article

    Words like “unprecedented” and “record-breaking” increasingly dominate weather-related headlines in the news cycle. MNR (Online) alumna Lindsay Kuczera explores how these climate-fueled disasters are changing our lives and what it means if we fail to act.

    Date: Oct 10, 2023
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    Protecting our homeland: planet Earth
    Protecting our homeland: planet Earth , article

    “Our sense of homeland security transcends borders and boundaries, and we must recognize that the only true common ground we share is our planet,” Online MNR student Renee ODonnell writes in a blog post that warns against climate complacency and explores the new cross-disciplinary field of environmental security.

    Date: Jun 22, 2021
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    Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, and Vice President Kamala Harris, right, listen as President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change and green jobs in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. Photo credit: Evan Vucci/AP
    Message received: the Biden administration is bringing sweeping revisions to the U.S. environmental policy , article

    From rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement to issuing a number of climate-related executive orders, the Biden administration signals serious commitment to addressing the most pressing global challenge of our time—climate change. CLiGS faculty and Environmental Security Fellow Dr. Erwin Villiger offers nuanced insights into the federal initiatives.

    Date: Jun 08, 2021
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    Greening the telecommunications industry: XMNR alum and Cox Communications VP Jeff Merritt makes big strides
    Greening the telecommunications industry: XMNR alum and Cox Communications VP Jeff Merritt makes big strides , article

    A telecommunications industry veteran and XMNR alum Jeff Merritt is on a mission to help one of the largest telecom providers in the country to not only become a more sustainable company but to ensure that it can adapt to and continue to thrive despite operational challenges caused by climate change.

    Date: Jun 01, 2021
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    Audra Upchurch visited Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK to oversee evaluation of environmental impacts of the NASA Sounding Rocket project, with SAIC.
    A “Triple Hokie” Audra Upchurch helps federal agencies implement environmental policy , article

    From the impact of wind energy farms on migrating bird populations; to border patrol stations’ effects on local wildlife; to the federal infrastructure climate-change resilience plans—Audra Upchurch’s job is to help guide the work of federal agencies in environmentally sustainable ways. Audra talked to us about how the MNR degree led her into a new and fulfilling career.

    Date: May 04, 2021
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    The migraine of migration: the tiny island-nation of Kiribati struggles for survival , article

    To Pacific Islanders, being called “climate refugees” equals “second-class” citizens. Yet, for many, their homeland is sinking into the ocean. The writer and recent Executive MNR alumna Karen (Songyi) Zhang talks about the impacts of climate change on this small island nation and strategies for finding practical solutions in the face of enormous challenges.

    Date: Apr 13, 2021
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    United Nations Charter signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco; UN Photo
    We the peoples… Why we need nations united, more than ever. , article

    As 2020 keeps reminding us, unity and alignment are key to solving pervasive problems, like the coronavirus pandemic. “One could argue that the best defense against a microscopic problem lies in a global solidarity solution,” writes Elizabeth Feliciano, the Director of Global Events for the United Nations Foundation and a student in our Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, as part of her reflections on the 2020 United Nations General Assembly.

    Date: Dec 08, 2020
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    COVID-19, animal markets, and environmental security
    COVID-19, animal markets, and environmental security , article

    CLiGS Environmental Security Fellow Dr. Marina Malamud puts the global coronavirus pandemic in the context of Environmental Security, an emerging field encompassing trends and events affecting the wellbeing of humans, and a new area of focus for Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.

    Date: Nov 24, 2020